Friday, 22 June 2012

Follow Friday (10)

Hi everyone, just to let you know that I have been featured at Midnight Reads!
If you want to check out the interview, you can view it by [clicking here].


Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read
The question that everyone was asked this week was:

If you could "unread" a book, which one would it be? Is it because you want to start over and experience it again for the first time? Or because it was THAT bad?

The immediate answer that comes to my head in response to this question is The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. If there is one book that I hate with a passion, it is The Catcher in the Rye. Hate it. I do partly blame myself, as I had high expectations for the book and was very excited to read it, but when I did it was just... awful. I don't actually wish to 'unread' it because it was awful though, but rather so that I can experience it again and see if I feel any differently to what I did a couple of years ago. Since it took me so long to trudge miserably through it the first time, the thought of re-reading it makes me groan, but I really do want to know why it's a classic and why so many people love it. It's just one of those books where I really can't understand why it's so highly regarded. I really just couldn't stand Holden and his whining. 
*Shudders*

30 comments:

  1. I feel the same way about William Faulkner...I just don't get it :( New follower on GFC :)

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  2. I haven't ever read that one! :) I'm definitely going to steer past it now!!

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  3. I can't do most classics, the writing styles always seem a chore to get though. Sorry you had such a bad experience with this one. One classic I did enjoy was How to Kill a Mockingbird. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  4. Oh, yes, The Catcher in the Rye! Had to read this in high school for my Senior Composition class and hated every second of it. Holden was awful.

    New GFC follower. :)

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  5. Such interesting question!
    I don't know if there is a book I wish I could un-read because, I don't know I guess I value even the bad storytelling. But I totally understand what you mean about Catcher in the Rye.

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  6. I don't know that Catcher in the Rye improves with a second reading... If you want to give Salinger another try, though, I recommend Nine Stories. Thanks for the visit! Subscribing through RSS and will follow on Twitter. :)

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  7. Catcher in the Rye- Most overrated book EVER! Totally agree!

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  8. Haven't read that and don't plan to. I stay away from classics in general. don't know why a lot of them are so great. Old follower!

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  9. I just read Catcher in the Rye a couple of weeks ago. I really liked it. Holden was whiny, but I think I kind of understood it. I'm not sure why It's a classic, though. It's certainly not the best book I've ever read. I don't know.
    It is a shame to hate a book... because then if you ever do reread it, it's with a huge bias. It would be nice to unread some of them and start fresh.
    Thanks for stopping by! Happy Friday!

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  10. Read this in 10th grade. I'm sure if I read it again I would enjoy it a lot more. Reading under deadlines and for a grade really puts a damper on my book relationship

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  11. New follower!! I'm not that big on classics! But I'll have to try!!

    Elle@ http://lovebigreadbig.blogspot.com/2012/06/feature-and-follow-3.html

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  12. lol! I read that long ago, but forget how I felt about it. I may re-read it again sometime..

    I'm a new follower! You're almost at 1000 congrats!

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  13. Believe it or not I haven't read that book, but I have heard some not so good things and bad things. Just not sure If I want to give it a try.

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  14. I am so glad that I am not the only who didn't like Catcher. I HATED that book so much. I really wish I could get the time I spent reading it back.

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  15. That's always been a book that I intended to read BUT a friend read it in high school and said it was the most depressing book ever. Thus I just keep putting it off and off.

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  16. Mhm...actually I think especially among classics the polarisation is huge! Some people love that one particular book, some people love it!

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  17. I always tried to find time to read it these past few years, but never got around to it - I always had some other book, or schoolwork, or I couldn't find a copy, etc. I've pretty much crossed it off my reading list because of procrastination, haha. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm following on Tumblr + facebook. :)

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  18. I like the way your looking at this, willing to give it another first chance, most other blogs are just disregarding the books. Interesting concept, I think I would like to unread something from school like Pride & Prejudice as I hate it with a passion from having to study it, maybe if i read it fresh now I would like it. Guess we'll never know

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  19. AH, A classic. So many people feel that way about this one! You're not alone.

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  20. hahaha oh my gosh: Angela's Ashes. For sure. Though I wouldn't "unread" it because my friend (who also couldn't stand it) and I have too much fun talking about it now! And congratulations on the feature/interview!!!

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  21. Hopping through. I didn't like Catcher in the Rye either. I thought Holden was annoying. I wonder if I'd like it more now.
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  22. That's so interesting because TCitR is a book SO many people love. I am sure I read it in high school but I don't remember much about it. I think I'd like to re-read it, too!

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  23. I haven't read it simply because it looks like something I'd feel similar about.

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  24. Hopping through, i am a new follower, GFC. Here is my FF Link

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  25. I have not read this book yet! But I may in the future!
    New follower from the Blog Hop
    -Buffi
    My Wonderfully Dysfunctional Blog

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  26. I can honestly say that I haven't read this book...Hmm...maybe I should pick it up some day...

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    wellpinaroseonyournose.blogspot.com

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  27. Well, a friend told me it was his favorite book so I was going to buy it, but then I thought "I should look at what Stephanie says about it" so here I am in a dilemma.

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